Grammy 2013: fun. Paces Grammy Nominations
fun. is just the ninth artist in the Grammy Awards' 55-year history to receive nominations for all four of the top awards in the same year. The New York pop trio was nominated for Album of the Year for Some Nights, Record and Song of the Year for "We Are Young" and Best New Artist. fun. co-wrote "We Are Young" with their producer, Jeff Bhasker. They performed it with Janelle Monae.
Frank Ocean did nearly as well. Ocean, 25, is nominated for Album of the Year for Channel Orange and Record of the Year for "Thinkin Bout You." He's also a finalist for Best New Artist. He missed out in just one of the marquee categories: Song of the Year. Ocean is probably best known for his disclosure that his first love was a man. The urban contemporary star's big break came in 2011 when he was featured on "No Church In The Wild," a key track on Watch The Throne by Jay-Z/Kanye West. Ocean is a member of the hip-hop collective Odd Future.
The Black Keys snagged two nominations in marquee categories. The nominations were announced on a prime-time TV special which was co-hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J. The awards will be announced on Feb. 10.
Album of the Year
Ocean's Channel Orange and fun.'s Some Nights are facing Mumford & Sons' Babel, The Black Keys' El Camino and Jack White's Blunderbuss. It's White's second nomination in this category, following the White Stripes' bid for Elephant in 2003. It's the first nomination in this category for the other four acts.
The Black Keys' last album, Brothers, was voted Best Alternative Music Album of 2010. It beat out Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, which wound up winning Album of the Year.
Albums that were passed over in this category include Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto, Rihanna's Talk That Talk, Drake's Take Care, Bob Dylan's Tempest, Neil Young with Crazy Horse's Americana, The Lumineers' The Lumineers, P!nk's The Truth About Love, Gotye's Making Mirrors, Miranda Lambert's Four The Record, Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream, Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, John Mayer's Born And Raised, Maroon 5's Overexposed and Dave Matthews Band's Away From The World.
Lionel Richie's surprise smash Tuskegee, which consists of Richie teaming with current country stars to perform his best-known pop and R&B hits, was also passed over, but it wasn't really a snub. The nominations in the top four categories are determined by a panel of Grammy insiders. Some of the panelists probably argued that the nominations should go to the best music of 2012, not songs that are decades old. (The album's failure to receive a nomination for Best Country Album was more surprising.)
Two albums that would have been prime contenders, Taylor Swift's Red and Jason Aldean's Night Train, were released after this year's eligibility period closed.
Record of the Year
Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" and fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) are facing "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, the Black Keys' "Lonely Boy," Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
It's the second nomination in this category for Swift, who was a finalist three years ago with "You Belong With Me." It's the first nomination in this category for all the other finalists. (Grammy trivia: This marks the first time that there have been six nominees in this category since 1962.)